As of yesterday (Jan. 5), Nova Scotia has 19 known active cases of COVID-19, with three new cases reported in the latest government update. Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 1,045 tests on Jan. 4.

Vaccination update
Yesterday, government officials shared details of Nova Scotia’s COVID vaccination plan, which aims to vaccinate 500,000 people in the next six months.

Several new vaccination clinics will open this month.

  • Cape Breton Regional Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital will each receive 1,950 doses this week, with clinics starting Jan. 11.
  • Colchester East Hants Health Centre is scheduled to get 2,925 doses the week of Jan. 11, with a clinic starting Jan. 18.
  • Vaccinations at three long-term care facilities in Central Zone—Northwood (Halifax campus), Shannex (Parkstone), and Oceanview—are also planned for this month, although officials didn’t release dates.
Photo: Communications N.S.

“We all want to see Nova Scotians getting shots in their arms as quickly as possible,” says Premier Stephen McNeil in a press release. “We have a long road ahead of us before everyone who wants the vaccine can receive it.”

From now until April, the vaccination strategy will target: front-line health-care workers, people in care homes, seniors age 80+, and health-care and home-care workers who have direct contact with patients. By May, officials plan to target all other health-care and essential workers, with the remainder of Nova Scotians eligible for the vaccine by summer.

A kilowatt saved is a kilowatt earned
When David Brushett joined HRM as energy manager, one of his first jobs was figuring out why the new Fall River community centre, which was designed to be energy efficient, wasn’t saving energy or money.

David Brushett. Photo: Riley Smith

He discovered that much of the centre’s heating, cooling and ventilation infrastructure, which was supposed to be automated for maximum efficiency, had been set to manual. Correcting this and other inefficiencies saved about $13,000 a year.

That’s just one example of how a new program that embeds onsite energy managers in local businesses and governments is reducing waste and saving money. Zack Metcalfe reports for Halifax Magazine.

Vandals damage Stewiacke park
On Jan. 2 and 3, people drove ATVs and snowmobiles through Dennis Park in Stewiacke, doing thousands of dollars in damage to the soccer field and skating pond.

“This will make the skating pond unusable until repairs are completed,” says Town of Stewiacke recreation coordinator Erin Richard. Raissa Tetanish has the details in this Hub Now story.

Taylor MacGillivray

Halifax composer wins award
Taylor MacGillivray of Halifax, who was a student of the Lunenburg Academy of Music last summer, has won the $1,000 Kenneth Elloway Award for composition.

The award is supported by the Elloway family and is part of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust 2020 scholarship and special awards. Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.

Passerby saves Port Hawkesbury business from fire
On New Year’s Eve, someone noticed a fire—started by a smouldering cigarette butt—outside the Fleur-de-Lis tea room in Port Hawkesbury. They called firefighters, who quickly extinguished it. The business’s owner says the passerby may have prevented a disaster.

“The story could have been worse were it not for the quick thinking of a man using the bank machine who alerted authorities,” says Brenda Chisholm Beaton, who is also mayor of the town. Drake Lowthers has the story for The Reporter.

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